Monday, July 21, 2014

Hank Aaron Hits Home Run 755

On July 20, 1976, Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron hits his final home run in Major League Baseball, number 755 against Dick Drago of the California Angels, which was then an all-time record for most career home runs.

Aarons record would stand for 41 years until Barry Bonds hit home run number 756 on Aug. 4 during the 2007 season with the San Francisco Giants.

Bonds would go on to hit seven more home runs that season after tying Aaron’s record and would ultimately finish his career with 762 home runs, being the All-Time leader in home runs.

There has been speculation that Yankee’s slugger Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez would break Bonds’ record, but with the steroid allegations and his declining power numbers over the past few years, the All-Time home run record might be over his head.

Currently Rodriguez has 654 home runs, 119 short of breaking the record. In the past five years Rodriguez has failed to hit more than 30 home runs in a single season, and two years ago in an injury plagued season, in which he only played 122 games, A-Rod managed only 18 home runs. If Rodriguez were going to break the record he would have to play for at least five more years, or until he is 43 years old.
Check out the video below of Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's home run record: